Sunday, December 18, 2016

Postpone Electoral College Vote

It's a bit late for this, but its still worth thinking about and discussing.

Majority Want Monday’s Electoral College Vote Postponed In Wake Of Russia Scandal: New Poll

By Ryan Grim

WASHINGTON - A majority of American voters favor delaying the December 19th Electoral College vote until electors can be fully briefed on Russian interference in the election, according to a new poll conducted by YouGov. ...

Petition to all state legislatures:

Whoever wins the most votes should be elected president. Please join the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, and end the Electoral College's power to overturn the popular vote.

We believe every vote should count equally, regardless of where you live in the United States – EVERY vote in EVERY state should matter in EVERY presidential election. But thanks to the Electoral College, even though Clinton won over 2 million (and counting!) more popular votes, the Electoral College allowed Trump to win.
This is the fifth time in American history, and second time in five elections, where a presidential candidate who won the most popular votes lost the election. As a result, presidential candidates have no reason to pay attention to voters in states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind. Instead, candidates focus on “swing states” while largely ignoring the rest of the country.
The winner-take-all Electoral College system that led to this anti-democratic outcome must be changed, so that voters in all 50 states have a say in choosing our president.

If we can get enough states to sign onto the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact, our presidents will be elected by the national popular vote — it would fix the problems of the Electoral College without needing to amend the Constitution or go through Congress.
The National Popular Vote Interstate Compact would require states to award all their electoral votes to whichever presidential candidate wins the national popular vote.
And we already have momentum to getting this enacted nationally: Right now, ten states and the District of Columbia have joined the compact, possessing 165 electoral votes altogether.
It wouldn’t take effect until enough states joined in, but we’re closer to that than you might think — ten states and the District of Columbia have already signed on, totaling 165 electoral votes of the needed 270.
Activating the National Popular Vote Compact would reshape our democracy for the better. Not only would it ensure that the person who actually got more votes win the presidency, but it would also force candidates to spend time engaging with voters in all 50 states, instead of just a handful swing states.
Please add your name today and urge lawmakers in your state to join the National Popular Vote compact.

Majority Want Monday’s Electoral College Vote Postponed In Wake Of Russia Scandal: New Poll

Electors will gather December 19th in state Capitols across the country to choose the next president.


Trump opponents have been pressuring electors to break with their state’s voters, and a law firm has even offered pro bono, confidential legal advice to any elector curious about his or her options. Avaaz has collected thousands of signatures on a petition calling for the vote to be delayed. ...

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